Rosalyn LaPier

Time and Location

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 6 PM
Place: Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

This lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30. A reception will follow the lecture in the museum lobby.

Co-sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy.

Watch the video of Dr. LaPier's lecture


After the demise of the bison from the Northern Plains, the U.S. government worked hard to turn the Blackfeet into farmers and ranchers. Yet, the winter of 1920 was almost as bleak at the "starvation winter" of 1883. In 1921, the U.S. government tried a new system, the "Five Year Industrial Program," and organized communities under the auspices of the "Piegan Farming and Livestock Association." Aimsback, a traditional spiritual leader, became a farmer and community leader. His story and the story of his family reflect the changing world of the Blackfeet from the prairies to the atomic age in Montana.

About the speaker

Rosalyn LaPier is an award winning Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental historian. LaPier studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and the academic study of environmental and religious history. As an activist, her longtime passions include environmental justice on Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This year, as a National Steering Committee member, she was one of the organizers of the March for Science held on April 22, the largest day of science advocacy in history, with over one million participants in 600 cities worldwide. Her latest book, Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet, was published earlier this year. LaPier, who is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis, holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in environmental history.